Isaac R. Thorne is a nice man who has, over the course of his life, developed a modest ability to spin a good yarn. Really. He promises. He considers himself a lover of books, music, movies, and other forms of pop culture phenomenon. His philosophy on his life is that it’s all one giant experiment. He is the author of short tales of dark comic horror, two audio plays, and one screenplay.
Isaac grew up in rural Tennessee, where he attended high school and some college. From an early age, he became fascinated by scary folklore, such as the types of tales that are often told around campfires. He also developed a love of scary audio or radio stories, which he borrowed on vinyl from the local library.
Although he has been writing since he could form letters with crayons, Isaac has always considered himself a private man, publishing none of his horror work until January 2013, when he released the digital short story “Nobody Was Here”.
You can find Isaac’s books on Amazon.com, as well as most other e-book retail outlets. He likes to write shorter works–stuff you can read in one sitting. He might produce a longer novel one day. It’s certainly not out of the question, although writing a novel is neither a goal nor a dream for Isaac. He does enjoy reading them, though.
More books are always in the works.
Some Q & A
Funny horrific ideas occur to me on a regular basis. Writing them down seemed like a simple way to prevent them from eating me inside out.Isaac Thorne
Many of the questions and answers below are from Isaac’s Smashwords interview. The interview in its entirety can be found at smashwords.com.
If you’re so nice, why write this kind of stuff?
Because the stories are funny, gross, and horrific, all of which appeals to my–shall we say–underdeveloped maturity. Rest assured that even though my work might not fit the sensibilities of some readers, I truly mean no harm nor offense. Frankly, if you don’t want to be horrified you should not be downloading horror stories. Perhaps you would be happier with another genre.
When did you first start writing?
First Grade. My first story was about overalls and why everyone should wear them.
What motivated you?
Funny horrific ideas occur to me on a regular basis. Writing them down seemed like a simple way to prevent them from eating me inside out. Putting them out there for other people to read seemed like a simple way to keep the neighborhood kids off my lawn.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the rural American South. It might occasionally influence my colloquial word choices. Other than that, I don’t really think it does influence my writing. I write short tales of dark comic horror. Is there any place in this world that it doesn’t exist? Aren’t we all just residents of Planet Internet now anyway?
What is your writing process?
I’m more of a seat-of-the-pants type of writer. You might find a few paragraphs of idea lying around, but you’ll rarely find me with a completely functional outline for a piece. I form an ultimate critical scene in my head, then I write narrative to explain how everything culminated in that scene. After a first draft of that process, I go back and rewrite and fill in the gaps, add some logic and realism, and generally polish things.
I’m…a seat-of-the-pants type of writer. I form an ultimate critical scene in my head, then I write narrative to explain how everything culminated in that scene.Isaac Thorne
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The need to urinate. Well, that and the fact that I need to earn a living.
Who are your favorite authors?
I expect that very few authors in my genre could answer this question without citing Stephen King. I will admit that the work of his early career was most influential on me. That said, I also like Joe Hill (Stephen King’s son), Thomas Harris, Anne Rice, J.K. Rowling, and many, many, many more you’ve probably never heard of.
You can always try to contact Isaac by using the form on the Contact page. Here are a few other methods of contacting Isaac if you just don’t feel like clicking that Contact page link:
If that doesn’t work, feel free to try the social media links at the top of just about every page on this site. Isaac is most active on Twitter.
In 2016, Isaac adapted “Diggum”, one of his short stories, to screenplay format. That screenplay has won awards from all of the following:
- WINNER: Best Violence, 2017 Chemical Film Festival
- WINNER: Best Short Script, 2017 Shiver International Film Festival
In addition, the screenplay has been recognized by all of the following:
- FINALIST: 2017 13Horror.com Film & Screenplay Festival
- FINALIST: 2017 iHorror Awards Short Screenplay Competition
- FINALIST: 2017 Crimson Screen Horror Film fest, Best Un-produced Short Screenplay
- FINALIST: 2017 New York City Horror Film Festival, Best Un-produced Short Screenplay
- FINALIST: 2017 Horror in the Hills, Best Short Screenplay
- FINALIST: 2017 Fear Awards
- FINALIST: 2018 Indie Horror Film Festival
Other media have featured Isaac Thorne as a guest, as a contributor, or a shout-out. On this page, you’ll find links to some of that work and those folks. Isaac highly recommends visiting these sites even if you’re not interested in his own contributions. They are works of art, horror and otherwise.
Alan Welker’s The 13th Story Podcast
- The 13th Story Podcast on the web.
- Alan Welker on the web.
- Alan Welker on Twitter.
- Alan’s interview with Isaac.
Beyond The Void Horror Podcast
- Beyond The Void on the web.
- Isaac’s appearance on Beyond The Void.
- Beyond The Void on Twitter.
- Beyond The Void on Facebook.
- Bleeding Critic’s website.
- Isaac’s Horror Memory.
- Isaac’s Horror Therapy.
- Isaac’s second Horror Therapy.
Blood on the Rocks
- Blood on the Rocks on the web.
- Blood on the Rocks on Twitter.
- Isaac’s appearance on Blood on the Rocks.
Carmen Theater Group and Liane Moonraven
- Carmen Theater’s site.
- Carmen Theater’s Spreaker.
- Carmen Theater’s YouTube.
- Carmen Theater’s production of Isaac’s BECAUSE REASONS.
- Carmen Theater’s production of Isaac’s DIGGUM.
- Carmen Theater’s production of THE BURBS, S5E5, where Isaac appears as Frank Stevens.
- Carmen Theater’s production of THE BURBS, S5E6, where Isaac appears as Frank Stevens.
- Moonraven Films official site.
- THE LAST KNOCK podcast’s Billy Crash.
- THE LAST KNOCK podcast’s Jonny Numb.
- Billy Crash’s interview with Isaac on THE LAST KNOCK.
- Isaac’s George Romero Memorial on Crashpalaceproductions.com.
Don’t Go Down That Road
- DGDTR Podcast on the web.
- DGDTR Podcast on Twitter.
- DGDTR Podcast’s Bargain Bin of Sin 2, with Isaac as a guest.
Douglas Geller’s The Dreamer
The Fear Merchant
- The Fear Merchant on Twitter.
- The Fear Merchant’s THE BAZAAR podcast on iTunes.
- The Fear Merchant’s THE BAZAAR podcast on PodBean.
- The Fear Merchant’s THE BAZAAR interview with Isaac.
- The Horrorcist on Twitter.
- The Horrorcist on the Web.
- The Horrorcist’s interview with Isaac on THE DEMONIC PODCAST.
- Isaac’s film reviews for The Horrorcist.
- Immunity Zero’s Read With Immunity Channel on YouTube.
- Immunity Zero’s The Natures of Men and Monsters Part 1 in Which Isaac Plays Jersey the Werewolf.
The Monster Guys
- The Monster Guys on the Web.
- The Monster Guys on Twitter.
- The Monster Guys’ interview with Isaac on WELCOME TO THE RED TABLE.
Music City Horror
My Little Rascal Production Company
- My Little Rascal Productions on Twitter.
- My Little Rascal Productions on Facebook.
- My Little Rascal’s Adaptation of Isaac’s BECAUSE REASONS on IMDB.
- My Little Rascal’s Adaptation of Isaac’s BECAUSE REASONS on YouTube.
Pint O’ Comics
- Pint O’ Comics on Twitter.
- Pint O’ Comics on Facebook.
- Pint O’ Comics on Instagram.
- Pint O’ Comics radio show on WESU 88.1 FM.
- Pint O’ Comics podcast site.
The Rob and Slim Show
- The Rob and Slim Show on Twitter.
- The Rob and Slim Show on Facebook.
- The Rob and Slim Show on PodBean.
- The Rob and Slim Show’s June 2016 Interview with Isaac.
- The Rob and Slim Show’s Halloween 2016 Interview with Isaac.
- The Rob and Slim Show Season 3 2017 Interview with Isaac.
- The Rob and Slim Show Halloween 2017 episode, Including a New Interview With Isaac.
- The Rob and Slim Show Episode 161, Including a New Interview with Isaac and an excerpt from SAFETY FIRST.
- The Rob and Slim Show Episode 171, Including a New Interview with Isaac and an excerpt from BEDSIDE MANNER.
- The Rob and Slim Show Episode 179, Including a New Interview with Isaac and an excerpt from NOBODY WAS HERE.
- The Rob and Slim Show Episode 196, Including a New Interview with Isaac and an excerpt from THE GORDON PLACE.
Ron Show and The Ron Shaw Show
- SCRM Radio on Twitter.
- SCRM Radio’s site on the web.
- THORNE’S THEATER OF TERROR on SCRM Radio.
- Tra Cee’s SCRM radio interview with Isaac.
Tennessee Horror News
- TN Horror News on the web.
- TN Horror News on Twitter.
- Isaac’s review of THE ELF for Tennessee Horror News.
- Isaac’s review of MIDNIGHT MATINESS for Tennessee Horror News.
- Isaac’s review of THE BABYSITTER for Tennessee Horror News.
- Isaac’s review of THE RIZEN for Tennessee Horror News.
- Isaac on IMDB.
Testimonials From Readers
“Oh God, this story freaked me out and this is why I am so reticent about Facebook.” (Amazon review of Dislike)
“Author Thorne has a nice writing style that ‘shows’ rather than ‘tells’ and you’ll feel and see every bump under granny’s wheels as her car careens over curbs, sidewalks and through crosswalks.” (Amazon review of Decision Paralysis) Related
“If you want to read a story that gives you the chills, don’t hesitate to read it.” (Amazon review of Diggum) Related
“…possibly my favourite from [Road Kills] is the Stephen Kingesque ‘Nobody Was Here’… when disgust and fear turns into disgust and power!!” (Amazon.com review of Road Kills) Related
“This story made my day. As horror fan, I love to read quick stories with a good point. This is our reality, when we have shitty day, another shit is on our way.” (Goodreads review of Nobody Was Here)
“Even with the dark storyline there was quite a bit of humor. I loved it.” (Amazon review of Dislike) Related
“This talented author not only writes well, but offers crafty metaphoric tales of fright and violence that are surely born of the jaded and frazzled psychology of American current events of the last few decades.” (Amazon review of Road Kills)
“Read Diggum, it makes cemeteries even creepier.” (Amazon review of Diggum) Related
“One thing is certain- Isaac Thorne kicks you in the teeth with this one. I would love to read a solid horror novel by this author.” (Amazon review of Nobody Was Here) Related
“Horror and humor go so very well together and Thorne nails that.” (Amazon review of Road Kills)
“This is a horror story for the Facebook generation.” (Amazon review of Dislike)
“Like a box of poisoned bon bons, once you bite into one, you’ll be back for more.” (from a review of Road Kills on Drew Rowsome’s blog)
“I will definitely be suggesting this author to all my friends.” (Amazon review of Bedside Manner) Related
“You’d be hard-pressed to find that much entertainment for a dollar anywhere else.” (Goodreads review of Diggum)
“This one is fast, twisted, and keeps you involved, wondering what the next paragraph has in store.” (Amazon review of Hoppers) Related
“Wow!!! This story is awesome. You don’t encounter many horror tales where the killer is female.” (Goodreads review of Because Reasons) Related
“I loved the ending. I would have never thought of ending it like that.” (Amazon review of Nobody Was Here) Related
“This was a very interesting and engrossing tale driven on the comic, yet horrific mental gymnastics pushing granny’s actions.” (Amazon review of Decision Paralysis) Related
“The last scene is terrifying, and the final images and words will probably be playing over in my mind for days.” (Review of Diggum on Goodreads)
“Thorne spoke through his characters in this creepy, weird journey down all the darkest highways and blackest psyches, braiding tropes with nightmares and adding a layer of spine-shivering WTF. Highly recommended.” (Amazon.com review of Road Kills) Related